- The largest German transmission system operator awards Arvato Systems with IT operations and the cloud transformation
- Arvato Systems will provide comprehensive infrastructure, application management, and public cloud services for Open Grid Europe for a minimum of six years
The cooperation between Open Grid Europe (OGE) and Arvato Systems starts with a 12-month transition phase, during which Arvato Systems will assume responsibility for operations of all IT systems of the approximately 2,300 users. Following the successful transition of IT operations, OGE will have its IT systems run by Arvato Systems for at least five years. During this period, the IT service provider from the Bertelsmann Group will take over remote support and administration of all hardware and software components and application management for the specialist applications.
With the support of Arvato Systems, Open Grid Europe will migrate its ICT systems to Microsoft Azure, the public cloud, in the second project phase, essentially an iterative transformation of the IT landscape at OGE into a hybrid landscape.
Wolfgang Anthes, Managing Director of Open Grid Europe, is convinced of the strategic realignment of the IT landscape: “Arvato Systems prepared an excellent proposal and demonstrated great commitment and the relevant energy market experience to convince us of their ability to implement our IT strategy of ‘agile first – mobile first – cloud first.’ We very much look forward to using all the advantages of the multi-cloud approach in the future.”
Fixed components of the transformation phase into the cloud environment are, for example, the introduction of cloud-based workplace environments and the “cloudification” of SAP and non-SAP landscapes.
“More and more companies are building their IT strategy on a multi-cloud concept,” explains Matthias Moeller, CEO of the Arvato Systems Group. He is certain: “Our broad experience from similar client projects will contribute to preparing Open Grid Europe’s IT for the future and to further developing it successfully in the long term.”
About Open Grid Europe
With a transmission network spanning 12,000 kilometers, Essen-based Open Grid Europe is one of the largest transmission system operators in Germany. Our approximately 1,450 employees ensure safe, environmentally friendly, and client-oriented transmission of gas throughout Germany. We actively support the European gas market and work together with European transmission system operators to create the conditions for transnational transport and trading. Our self-understanding goes beyond the regulatory conditions to which we are subject as a network operator: We see ourselves as a client and service-oriented service provider and actively support the energy transition, for example, by helping improve infrastructures and minimize risks. Or by continually trying to identify opportunities and offer innovative solutions. This applies to large, complex projects as well as for small detailed solutions. Why not see for yourself?